Prof Tshilidzi Marwala
Deputy Vice Chancellor
University of Johannesburg
Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is currently the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research, Postgraduate Studies and the Library at the University of Johannesburg. He was previously the Dean of Engineering at the University of Johannesburg as well as a full Professor of Electrical Engineering, the SARChI Chair of Systems Engineering and an associate professor at the University of the Witwatersrand.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University (USA), a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pretoria, a PhD in Engineering from Cambridge University, was a post-doctoral research associate at the Imperial College and completed a Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School.
He is a registered professional engineer, a Fellow of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), the Academy of Science of South Africa, the African Academy of Sciences, CSIR and the South African Academy of Engineering. He has published 6 books, over 260 papers, holds 3 international patents and is an associate editor of the International Journal of Systems Science.
DDG: Development Planning
Gauteng Planning Commission
Khululekile Mase is currently the Deputy Director-General: Development Planning, in the Office of the Premier. He is mainly responsible for Spatial Planning, Long-Term Planning and Infrastructure Planning. He has many years of experience in local government – focusing on policy, research, planning, monitoring and evaluation.
Prior to joining the Office of the Premier, he spent seven years working for the Gauteng Department of Local Government and Housing. He also worked for the City of Cape Town and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). He is a graduate of the Universities of Cape Town, Stellenbosch and Birmingham (UK).
Mogale City Municipality
Dan Mashitisho is the Municipal Manager of Mogale City Local Municipality and Chair of the Gauteng Municipal Accounting Officers' Forum. He represents Gauteng municipalities on the Board of the Gauteng City-Region Observatory. He played a critical role in the transformation of the former Transvaal Provincial Administration into the Gauteng Government Administration as a member of the Strategic Management Team.
As Chief Director, Local Government, he played a leading role in the establishment of Gauteng Municipalities in the pre-interim, interim and final phases of Local Government and development of the Local Government White Paper and subsequent municipal legislation, such as the LG Structures and Systems Acts.
Mr Mashitisho served as a Ministerial appointee in the Wits University Council and is currently the chairperson of the Community Beneficiary Committee of the Trust Board of the Cradle of Human Kind. He holds a BA Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Management from Wits University as well as Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Labour Law from University of Johannesburg and an MBA with the Management College of Southern Africa.
Prof Anne Mc Lennan
University of the Witwatersrand
Anne Mc Lennan is an Associate Professor and the Research Director at the Wits School of Governance. She holds a Master in Education degree (with distinction) from Wits University and a PhD (in the governance and management of education) from the University of Liverpool.
Prof Mc Lennan was part of the team who established the Wits Graduate School in the early 1990s and was seconded to the Public Administration Leadership and Management Academy (PALAMA) as Deputy Director-General for Executive Development in 2009 and 2010.
Her research explores the interface between governance and public service, public sector reform and the politics of delivery in (unequal and under-resourced) contexts. She has been teaching and supervising for over 20 years in the broad areas of governance and development.
SALGA (Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee)
A councillor representing Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Cllr Mkhonza served as Deputy Chairperson of the Service Delivery Working Group from 2001. She was elected chairperson of the Municipal Infrastructure Services (MIS) Working Group since 2006 until 2009 when she replaced Cllr Dau as deputy chairperson of the Provincial Executive Committee.
In 2010 she became a member of the National Executive Committee following the appointment of Cllr Mayathula-Khoza as the MEC of Agriculture and Rural Development. During her leadership she participated in the establishment of the Gauteng Water Sector Forum and was also a rotating chairperson for this forum. The Energy forum was established during her tenure.
In 2007 she chaired the water week programmes in Lesedi and Westonaria local municipalities. She represented Gauteng in the RED forums, and articulated the position on the restructuring of electricity industry at the national WG and other forums.
Cllr Mkhonza was re-elected as the Deputy Chairperson of SALGA Gauteng Provincial Executive Committee at the Provincial Conference which was held on July 2011.
Gauteng Planning Commission
Rashid Seedat is the Head of the Gauteng Planning Commission (GPC), a position he assumed in October 2011. The GPC is located in the Office of the Premier. He is responsible for short, medium and long range planning as well as performance monitoring and evaluation for the Gauteng Provincial Government.
Rashid was Director of the Central Strategy Unit in the City of Johannesburg for over 10 years where he was responsible for strategic planning (including formulation of the Growth and Development Strategy and the Integrated Development Plan), strategic policy development and performance management.
He previously worked as a senior specialist in local government at Planact, a progressive nongovernmental organisation. He was also active in organisations affiliated to the United Democratic Front between 1980-1994, during the struggle against apartheid.
Rashid has a BA, Master’s in Public & Development Management and MSc in Development Planning – all from Wits University, Johannesburg. He was awarded a fellowship at the Local Government Centre, Warwick University, UK between 1992 and 1993 and also studied at the University of London, UK in 1993.
Prof Fiona Tregenna
University of Johannesburg
Fiona Tregenna is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Johannesburg. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and earlier degrees from the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal (now KwaZulu-Natal).
In the past she has worked for among others the National Labour and Economic Development Institute, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, universities in South Africa and abroad, and as a consultant to various research institutes and international organisations.
Her research has been published or is forthcoming in journals including Review of Political Economy, Cambridge Journal of Economics, Applied Economics, International Review of Applied Economics, South African Journal of Economics, Development Southern Africa, European Journal for the History of Economic Thought, Review of African Political Economy and Industrial and Corporate Change, as well as a number of book chapters.
Fiona has presented her research at conferences and seminars in the United States, Brazil, Japan, Greece, Finland, Chile, Cuba, Turkey, Spain, India, China, Switzerland, Ghana, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and elsewhere.
Prof Zeblon Vilakazi
University of the Witwatersrand
Zeblon Z Vilakazi was appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Post Graduate Affairs) at the University of the Witwatersrand on 1 January 2014 and obtained Full Professorship in the School of Physics at the University of the Witwatersrand as of November 2013.
He was appointed Group Executive for Research and Development at the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) in 2011, while also serving as the director of iThemba LABS – a position he has held since 2007.
He obtained his PhD from the University of Witwatersrand in 1998; followed by a National Research Foundation (NRF) post-doctoral fellowship at the European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN), Geneva, Switzerland. He took up an academic post at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 1999 where he was instrumental in establishing South Africa’s first experimental High-energy physics research group focusing on development of the High-level Trigger for the CERN-ALICE experiment at the Large Hadron Collider.
He holds the title of Honorary Professor of Physics at the University of Cape Town. Dr Vilakazi currently serves - among others - as a member of the Program Advisory Committee of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia.
In 2010 he was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Dr Vilakazi’s research interests include heavy-ion collisions at high energies and computational physics
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